Chris Anderson (entrepreneur)

Chris Anderson (born 1957) is a British-American businessman who is the head of TED,[1] a non-profit organization that provides idea-based talks and hosts an annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Previously he founded Future Publishing.

Chris Anderson
Anderson in 2013
Born1957 (age 66–67)
EducationWoodstock School
Monkton Combe School
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
Occupation(s)Journalist, publisher
Known forCurator of TED Talks
Future Publishing
Lucy Evans
(m. 2008)
Children3 (1 deceased) Edit this at Wikidata

Early life and education edit

Anderson was born to British parents in Pakistan in 1957.[2] His father was "an eye surgeon and evangelical Christian", and ran a mobile hospital in rural Pakistan.[3] He has two sisters, and is the middle child.[3]

He studied at Woodstock School in the Himalayan mountains of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India briefly, before moving to Monkton Combe School, a boarding school near Bath, England.[4][5] At the University of Oxford, Anderson initially studied physics before changing to philosophy, politics and economics, and graduated in 1978.[2][6]

Career edit

Anderson began a career in journalism, working in newspapers and radio. He produced a world news service in the Seychelles.[2]

After returning to the UK in 1984, Anderson was captivated by the home-computer revolution. He became an editor at two of the UK's early computer magazines, Personal Computer Games and Zzap!64.[7][8] A year later he founded Future Publishing with a $25,000 bank loan. The new company initially focused on specialist computer publications, but he eventually expanded it into other areas such as cycling, music, video games, technology and design. It doubled in size every year for seven years.[2]

In 1994, Anderson moved to the United States. There he developed Imagine Media, publisher of Business 2.0 magazine and creator of the popular video game users' website IGN. Anderson eventually merged Imagine and Future, taking the combined entity public in London in 1999, under the name Future US.[2] At its peak, it published 150 magazines and websites and employed 2,000 people.[3]

Based on this financial success, Anderson established a private nonprofit organization, the Sapling Foundation. He wanted to find new ways to tackle tough global issues through media, technology, entrepreneurship and ideas.[3]

TED edit

In 2001, the foundation acquired the TED Conference, then an annual meeting of luminaries in the fields of technology, entertainment and design, held in Monterey, California. Anderson left Future to work full-time on TED.[3]

He expanded the conference to cover all topics, including science, culture, academia, and business and key global issues. He added a fellows program, which now has some 400 alumni. He also established the TED Prize, which grants recipients $1 million to support their "one wish to change the world".[9][10]

In 2006, TED experimented with posting some of its talks on the Internet. Their viral success encouraged Anderson to develop the organization as a global media initiative devoted to "ideas worth spreading". In June 2015, the organization posted its 2,000th talk online.[11] The talks are free to view. Through a related project, they have been translated into more than 100 languages with the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world.[12][13] Viewership has grown to approximately one billion views per year.[2]

Continuing a strategy of "radical openness", in 2009 Anderson introduced the TEDx initiative. The TED organization provides free licences to local organizers who want to organize their own TED-like events. Requirements are that speakers must appear for free, and the events have to be non-profit, with talks released to TED through Commons Media.[14][12] More than 10,000 such events have been held, generating an archive of 100,000 TEDx talks.[15][16]

Three years later, the TED-Ed program was launched. It offers free educational videos and tools to students and teachers.[17]

In 2012, Anderson was honored with an Edison Achievement Award for his commitment to innovation throughout his career.[18]

In May 2016, Anderson published a book titled TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking which offers tips and advice for public speaking. The book became a New York Times bestseller.[19]

Personal life edit

Anderson married Lucy Evans. Together they had three daughters, Zoe, Elizabeth and Anna, before their divorce.[20] The eldest, Zoe, died in 2010 at age 24, from carbon monoxide poisoning due to an improperly-installed bathroom boiler.[20][21]

In 2008, Anderson married Jacqueline Novogratz. She is the founder and CEO of Acumen, an organization that pioneered social impact investing.[22]

References edit

  1. ^ Anderson, Chris. "Chris Anderson | Speaker | TED". Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Profile: Chris Anderson – TED Curator". Speaker Page. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e Brown, Mick (29 April 2016). "'I was losing $1 million a day, every day for 18 months': Meet Chris Anderson, the man behind TED talks". The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 August 2018 – via
  4. ^ "Tributes to "extraordinary" daughter of Future founder after Bath tragedy". Bath Chronicle. Local World Ltd. Retrieved 8 April 2016.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Chris Anderson '74". Woodstock. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Distinguished Alumni of Woodstock School – 2008 Chris Anderson '74". Woodstock School. Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  7. ^ "The History of Zzap!64". Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  8. ^ "out-of-print archive • Retro Future". Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  9. ^ "TED Fellows Program". Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  10. ^ "TED Prize". Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  11. ^ "The TED Talks library, now 2,000 talks strong". TED Blog. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  12. ^ a b "History of TED". Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  13. ^ "TED Translators". Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  14. ^ "No, His Name Is Not Ted". Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  15. ^ "TEDx | Event Listing | TED". Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Achievement unlocked: TEDx celebrates 100,000 talks!". TED Blog. 19 October 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Lessons Worth Sharing". TED-Ed. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  18. ^ Bird, Susan (19 April 2012). "Bird's Eye View: The Edison Award To Chris Anderson of TED".
  19. ^ "Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous Books - Best Sellers - May 22, 2016 - The New York Times". Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  20. ^ a b "Plumber jailed after boiler killed millionaire's daughter". 17 April 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2018 – via
  21. ^ "Tribute to daughter 'poisoned by carbon monoxide". 31 January 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  22. ^ "World's Greatest Leaders: 9 dynamic duos". Fortune. Retrieved 26 October 2018.